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Proceed intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Proceeded ; present participle & verbal noun Proceeding .] [ French procéder . from Latin procedere , processum , to go before, to proceed; pro forward + cedere to move. See Cede .]
1. To move, pass, or go forward or onward; to advance; to continue or renew motion begun; as, to proceed on a journey.

If thou proceed in this thy insolence.
Shak.

2. To pass from one point, topic, or stage, to another; as, to proceed with a story or argument.

3. To issue or come forth as from a source or origin; to come from; as, light proceeds from the sun.

I proceeded forth and came from God.
John viii. 42.

It proceeds from policy, not love.
Shak.

4. To go on in an orderly or regulated manner; to begin and carry on a series of acts or measures; to act by method; to prosecute a design.

He that proceeds upon other principles in his inquiry.
Locke.

5. To be transacted; to take place; to occur. [ Obsolete]

He will, after his sour fashion, tell you
What hath proceeded worthy note to-day.
Shak.

6. To have application or effect; to operate.

This rule only proceeds and takes place when a person can not of common law condemn another by his sentence.
Ayliffe.

7. (Law) To begin and carry on a legal process.

Syn. -- To advance; go on; continue; progress; issue; arise; emanate.

Proceed noun See Proceeds . [ Obsolete] Howell.

Proceeder noun One who proceeds.

Proceeding noun
1. The act of one who proceeds, or who prosecutes a design or transaction; progress or movement from one thing to another; a measure or step taken in a course of business; a transaction; as, an illegal proceeding ; a cautious or a violent proceeding .

The proceedings of the high commission.
Macaulay.

2. plural (Law) The course of procedure in the prosecution of an action at law. Blackstone.

Proceedings of a society , the published record of its action, or of things done at its meetings.

Syn. -- Procedure; measure; step, See Transaction .

Proceeds noun plural That which comes forth or results; effect; yield; issue; product; sum accruing from a sale, etc.

Proceleusmatic adjective [ Latin proceleusmaticus , Greek ..., from ... to rouse to action beforehand; ... + ... to incite; confer French procéleusmatique .]


1. Inciting; animating; encouraging. [ R.] Johnson.

2. (Pros.) Consisting of four short syllables; composed of feet of four short syllables each.

Proceleusmatic noun (Pros.) A foot consisting of four short syllables.

Procellarian noun [ Latin procella a storm.] (Zoology) One of a family of oceanic birds ( Procellaridæ ) including the petrels, fulmars, and shearwaters. They are often seen in great abundance in stormy weather.

Procellous adjective [ Latin procellosus , from procella a storm.] Stormy. [ Obsolete] Bailey.

Procephalic adjective [ Prefix pro- + cephalic .] (Zoology) Pertaining to, or forming, the front of the head.

Procephalic lobe (Zoology) , that part of the head of an invertebrate animal which is in front of the mouth.

Proception noun [ Prefix pro- + Latin capere to take.] Preoccupation. [ Obsolete] Eikon Basilik....

Procere adjective [ Latin procerus tall.] Of high stature; tall. [ Obsolete] Evelyn.

Procerebrum noun [ Prefix pro- + cerebrum .] (Anat.) The prosencephalon.

Proceres noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin procer ... chief.] (Zoology) An order of large birds; the Ratitæ; -- called also Proceri .

Procerite noun [ Prefix pro- + Greek ... ... horn.] (Zoology) The segment next to the flagellum of the antennæ of Crustacea.

Procerity noun [ Latin proceritas .] Height of stature; tallness. [ R.] Johnson.

Procès verbal [ French] (French Law) An authentic minute of an official act, or statement of facts.

Process noun [ French procès , Latin processus . See Proceed .]


1. The act of proceeding; continued forward movement; procedure; progress; advance. "Long process of time." Milton.

The thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.
Tennyson.

2. A series of actions, motions, or occurrences; progressive act or transaction; continuous operation; normal or actual course or procedure; regular proceeding; as, the process of vegetation or decomposition; a chemical process ; processes of nature.

Tell her the process of Antonio's end.
Shak.

3. A statement of events; a narrative. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

4. (Anat. & Zoology) Any marked prominence or projecting part, especially of a bone; anapophysis.

5. (Law) The whole course of proceedings in a cause real or personal, civil or criminal, from the beginning to the end of the suit; strictly, the means used for bringing the defendant into court to answer to the action; -- a generic term for writs of the class called judicial .

Deacon's process [ from H. Deacon , who introduced it] (Chemistry) , a method of obtaining chlorine gas by passing hydrochloric acid gas over heated slag which has been previously saturated with a solution of some metallic salt, as sulphate of copper. -- Final process (Practice) , a writ of execution in an action at law. Burrill. -- In process , in the condition of advance, accomplishment, transaction, or the like; begun, and not completed. -- Jury process (Law) , the process by which a jury is summoned in a cause, and by which their attendance is enforced. Burrill. -- Leblanc's process (Chemistry) , the process of manufacturing soda by treating salt with sulphuric acid, reducing the sodium sulphate so formed to sodium sulphide by roasting with charcoal, and converting the sodium sulphide to sodium carbonate by roasting with lime. -- Mesne process . See under Mesne . -- Process milling , the process of high milling for grinding flour. See under Milling . -- Reversible process (Thermodynamics) , any process consisting of a cycle of operations such that the different operations of the cycle can be performed in reverse order with a reversal of their effects.

Process plate (a) A plate prepared by a mechanical process, esp. a photomechanical process. (b) A very slow photographic plate, giving good contrasts between high lights and shadows, used esp. for making lantern slides.

Procession noun [ French, from Latin processio . See Proceed .]


1. The act of proceeding, moving on, advancing, or issuing; regular, orderly, or ceremonious progress; continuous course. Bp. Pearson.

That the procession of their life might be
More equable, majestic, pure, and free.
Trench.

2. That which is moving onward in an orderly, stately, or solemn manner; a train of persons advancing in order; a ceremonious train; a retinue; as, a procession of mourners; the Lord Mayor's procession .

Here comes the townsmen on procession .
Shak.

3. (Eccl.) An orderly and ceremonial progress of persons, either from the sacristy to the choir, or from the choir around the church, within or without. Shipley.

4. plural (Eccl.) An old term for litanies which were said in procession and not kneeling. Shipley.

Procession of the Holy Ghost , a theological term applied to the relation of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son, the Eastern Church affirming that the Spirit proceeds from the Father only, and the Western Church that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Shipley. -- Procession week , a name for Rogation week, when processions were made; Cross-week. Shipley.

Procession transitive verb (Law) To ascertain, mark, and establish the boundary lines of, as lands. [ Local, U. S. (North Carolina and Tennessee).] "To procession the lands of such persons as desire it." Burrill.

Procession intransitive verb To march in procession. [ R.]

Processional adjective Of or pertaining to a procession; consisting in a procession.

The processional services became more frequent.
Milman.

Processional noun [ French processionnal , Late Latin processionale .]


1. (R. C. Ch.) A service book relating to ecclesiastical processions. J. Gregory.

2. A hymn, or other selection, sung during a church procession; as, the processional was the 202d hymn.

Processionalist noun One who goes or marches in a procession. [ R.]

Processionary adjective [ Confer Late Latin processionarius , French processionnaire .] Pertaining to a procession; consisting in processions; as, processionary service.

Processionary moth (Zoology) , any moth of the genus Cnethocampa , especially C. processionea of Europe, whose larvæ make large webs on oak trees, and go out to feed in regular order. They are covered with stinging hairs.

Processioner noun


1. One who takes part in a procession.

2. A manual of processions; a processional. Fuller.

3. An officer appointed to procession lands. [ Local, U. S. (North Carolina and Tennessee).] Burrill.

Processioning noun A proceeding prescribed by statute for ascertaining and fixing the boundaries of land. See 2d Procession . [ Local, U. S.] Bouvier.

Processive adjective Proceeding; advancing.

Because it is language, -- ergo, processive .
Coleridge.

Prochein adjective [ French prochain , from Latin (assumed) proximanus , from proximus .] Next; nearest.

Prochein ami or amy (Law) , the next friend. See under Next .

Prochordal adjective [ Prefix pro + chordal .] (Anat.) Situated in front of the notochord; -- applied especially to parts of the cartilaginous rudiments in the base of the skull.

Prochronism noun [ Greek ... preceding in time; ... before + ... time: confer French prochronisme .] The dating of an event before the time it happened; an antedating; -- opposed to metachronism .

Prochronize transitive verb To antedate. Fitzed. Hall.

Procidence Proc*i*den"ti*a }, noun [ Latin procidentia , from procidens , present participle of procidere to fall down forward.] (Medicine) A falling down; a prolapsus. [ R.] Parr.

Prociduous adjective [ Latin prociduus .] Falling from its proper place.

Procinct noun [ Latin procinctus , from procingere , procinctum , to gird up.] A state of complete readiness for action. [ Obsolete] "War in procinct ." Milton.

Proclaim transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Proclaimed ; present participle & verbal noun Proclaiming .] [ Middle English proclamen , Latin proclamare ; pro before, forward + clamare to call or cry out: confer French proclamer . See Claim .]


1. To make known by public announcement; to give wide publicity to; to publish abroad; to promulgate; to declare; as, to proclaim war or peace.

To proclaim liberty to the captives.
Isa. lxi. 1.

For the apparel oft proclaims the man.
Shak.

Throughout the host proclaim
A solemn council forthwith to be held.
Milton.

2. To outlaw by public proclamation.

I heard myself proclaimed .
Shak.

Syn. -- To publish; promulgate; declare; announce. See Announce .

Proclaimer noun One who proclaims.

Proclamation noun [ French proclamation , Latin proclamatio . See Proclaim .]


1. The act of proclaiming; official or general notice; publication.

King Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none was exempted.
1 Kings xv. 22.

2. That which is proclaimed, publicly announced, or officially declared; a published ordinance; as, the proclamation of a king; a Thanksgiving proclamation .

Proclitic adjective [ Greek ... to lean forward; ... forward + ... to lean or incline. Confer Enclitic .] (Gr. Gram.) Leaning forward; -- said of certain monosyllabic words which are so closely attached to the following word as not to have a separate accent.

Proclive adjective [ Latin proclivis sloping, inclined; pro forward + clivus hill: confer French proclive . See Declivity , and confer Proclivous .] Having a tendency by nature; prone; proclivous. [ R.] Mrs. Browning.

Proclivity noun [ Latin proclivitas : confer French proclivité .]


1. Inclination; propensity; proneness; tendency. "A proclivity to steal." Abp. Bramhall.

2. Readiness; facility; aptitude.

He had such a dexterous proclivity as his teachers were fain to restrain his forwardness.
Sir H. Wotton.

Proclivous adjective [ Latin proclivus . See Proclive .]


1. Inclined; tending by nature. [ R.]

2. (Zoology) Having the incisor teeth directed forward.

Proconsul noun [ Latin , from pro for + consul consul.] (Rom. Antiq.) An officer who discharged the duties of a consul without being himself consul; a governor of, or a military commander in, a province. He was usually one who had previously been consul.

Proconsular, Proconsulary adjective [ Latin proconsularis : confer French proconsulaire .]


1. Of or pertaining of a proconsul; as, proconsular powers.

2. Under the government of a proconsul; as, a proconsular province.

Proconsulate noun [ Latin proconsulatus : confer French proconsulat .] The office jurisdiction of a proconsul, or the term of his office.

Proconsulship noun Proconsulate.

Procrastinate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Procrastinated ; present participle & verbal noun Procrastinating .] [ Latin procrastinatus , past participle of procrastinare to procrastinate; pro forward + crastinus of to-morrow, from cras to-morrow.] To put off till to-morrow, or from day to day; to defer; to postpone; to delay; as, to procrastinate repentance. Dr. H. More.

Hopeless and helpless Ægeon wend,
But to procrastinate his lifeless end.
Shak.

Syn. -- To postpone; adjourn; defer; delay; retard; protract; prolong.

Procrastinate intransitive verb To delay; to be dilatory.

I procrastinate more than I did twenty years ago.
Swift.

Procrastination noun [ Latin procrastinatio : confer French procrastination .] The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness.

Procrastination is the thief of time.
Young.